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Broadway Producer Merrick Dies

April 26, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ David Merrick, Broadway’s most successful producer whose flair for showmanship and publicity helped create such hits as ``Gypsy,″ ``Hello, Dolly!″ and ``42nd Street″ has died. He was 88.

Merrick, who suffered a stroke in the early ’80s that severely affected his speech and forced him to use a wheelchair, died early Tuesday in London, according to a statement released here today by the David Merrick Arts Foundation.

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